Address Locator Backward Compatibility

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08-07-2017 12:30 PM
MichaelVolz
Esteemed Contributor

I am upgrading from ArcGIS 10.3.1 to 10.5.1.  I've learned that Raster Mosaic Datasets (RMDs) are not backwards compatible where an RMD created in 10.5.1 can not be opened in 10.3.1.

I have the same type of question about address locators created in file gdbs.  In some limited testing I have found that I can use an address locator built in 10.5.1 in 10.3.1 so address locators do appear to be backward compatible.

As such, has anyone found address locators to not be backward compatible where you would need new address locators created in 10.5.1 not working in a previous ArcGIS version such as 10.3.1?

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Asrujit_SenGupta
MVP Regular Contributor

I didn't find any restriction as such in case of Address Locators.

I have the same type of question about address locators created in file gdbs.  In some limited testing I have found that I can use an address locator built in 10.5.1 in 10.3.1 so address locators do appear to be backward compatible.

You mentioned that you created Address Locators in File gdbs at 10.5.x. That is something which is not supported after 10.4.

Geocoding Improvements and Deprecations in ArcMap 10.5 and ArcGIS Pro 1.4 | Support Services Blog 

Creating an address locator—Help | ArcGIS Desktop 

Locators should be stored in a file folder so you take advantage of new features that are not supported for locators stored in geodatabases, such as performance improvements, multithreading capabilities, and suggestions support. ArcGIS 10.4 is the last release to support storing locators in geodatabases.
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JoeBorgione
MVP Esteemed Contributor

I wonder if he meant the locators were built using 10.5.1 and pointed to data in a 10.5.1 fgdb...

That should just about do it....
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